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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

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Address: 826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107
Phone Number: 901-527-3427
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Description: Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this...
Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this plantation, one of the stations of the Underground Railroad.
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Best tour ever!

This was the best Tour I ever had! So informative, so much history pack in one hour! You can ask questions no one is rushing you. The only thing I wish was that they had a bit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This was the best Tour I ever had! So informative, so much history pack in one hour! You can ask questions no one is rushing you. The only thing I wish was that they had a bit more organization when it comes to the schedule of tours. Like maybe reserve in advance and how many people can they take per... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I visited slave haven with my family and let me just start off by saying, I have been to museums and learnt far less than I did here. I learnt so much, as did all my family. Our guide was very engaging and kept everything light hearted and interesting so it wasn't too intimidating for the younger ones. She also... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I read all the negative reviews first and I must say, do not let that discourage you. 1) It is in a bad area of town, however when the house was first built it was a very flourished area and was right down the street from slave markets and 2 blocks from the Mississippi river. How was the original owner... More 

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Noble, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I agree with the positive reviews - this is a must see historical landmark. The oral tour is informative and given by people who are extremely knowledgeable about the home's history and the time period in general. Keep in mind that you are touring a small house with 30 other people - it gets tight. Everyone is going room to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Not as many trap doors and passages as i wouldve expected. Very good information, disorganized but not a waste of time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This was quite good. Really appreciated the informal/verbal narrative while we wandered around the house. Went on a Saturday and tour was quite crowded and disorganized which took away from the tour. Be sure to book ahead and maybe go at an off hour. Some of the narrative seemed speculative. The very end was like a sales pitch for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you go to Memphis, you have to carve some time out to get to the roots of the struggle for emancipation and all that has followed in our nation's (continuing) dark history. If you go nowhere else, make this your one must visit destination. It can be a little chaotic when it gets busy and the staff do their... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Having read good reviews of this museum on TripAdvisor, two of us visited it while in Memphis briefly. Knowing about slavery is just not the same as seeing the actual newspaper advertisements and articles, and the implements that supported it. It was heartbreaking, illuminating, sickening and educational. Elaine and Diane were excellent guides for our two-hour tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Our excellent guide Elaine took us through the tour. It was great to know there were some people who sought to right the injustice in society. We need more of them today. Thank you for a thought provoking visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I am so glad we went there. I learned a lot. I hope every school in Memphis take there students here. The staff was so friendly and knew a lot. They had a nice museun store and the tour wasn't to long or to short. I enjoyed my visit at the museum even if the slave history is terrible.

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